Cowboys Open Conference Play Against Cornhuskers

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Oklahoma State travels
to Lincoln, Neb. for
their Big 12 opener
against Nebraska.

Sept. 27, 1999

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STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State opens Big 12 Conference play this week as the Cowboys travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Cornhuskers. OSU is 2-1 on the season and coming off a 29-11 loss at Mississippi State and an open date. Nebraska is 4-0 after defeating Missouri 40-10 at Columbia last week in its league opener.

CONFERENCE OPENER ... IT MUST BE NEBRASKA -- Over the last 20 years, Oklahoma State has had no more familiar opponent in its league opener than Nebraska's Cornhuskers. The Cowboys have opened conference play against Nebraska nine times in the last 20 years. While OSU is 7-12-1 overall in league openers during that period, the Cowboys are 0-9 vs. the Huskers.

AWAY AGAIN -- Oklahoma State will be opening the conference portion of its schedule on the road for a fourth straight year. Last year, OSU opened the season and the league season at Kansas with a 38-28 win. Two years ago (1997), the Cowboys opened at Iowa State with a 21-14 win. Three years ago (1996), OSU opened its first Big 12 season at Irving, Texas, against Texas Tech and lost by a 31-3 margin.

TRAVEL PLANS -- Oklahoma State will be making its second straight road trip of the season, having lost at Mississippi State two weeks ago. The Cowboys will fly, via Miami Air charter, into Lincoln early Friday afternoon and stage a light workout at Memorial Stadium. OSU will then bus to Omaha and headquarter at the Omaha Marriott. The team will return to Stillwater immediately following Saturday's game.

Oklahoma State Cowboys [2-1, 0-0]
at
Nebraska Cornhuskers [4-0, 1-0]
Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999 * 11:30 a.m. [CDT]
Memorial Stadium [74,056] * Lincoln, Neb.

radio - Cowboy Radio Network
television - Big 12 Syndication
[KWTV (Ch. 9) in OKC * KOTV (Ch. 6) in Tulsa]

Oklahoma State's 1999 Schedule

Sept. 4   UL-LAFAYETTE             W 24- 7
Sept. 11  TULSA                    W 46- 9
Sept. 18  at Mississippi State     L 11-29
Oct. 2    at Nebraska              11:30 a.m.
Oct. 9    TEXAS TECH               7 p.m.
Oct. 23   KANSAS STATE             1 p.m.
Oct. 30   at Texas A&M             1 p.m.
Nov. 6    TEXAS                    1 p.m.
Nov. 13   KANSAS                   1 p.m.
Nov. 20   at Baylor                1 p.m.
Nov. 27   at Oklahoma              2 p.m.

Nebraska's 1999 Schedule Sept. 4 at Iowa W 42- 7 Sept. 11 CALIFORNIA W 45- 0 Sept. 18 SOUTHERN MISS. W 20-13 Sept. 25 at Missouri W 40-10 Oct. 2 OKLAHOMA STATE 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 IOWA STATE TBA Oct. 23 at Texas TBA Oct. 30 at Kansas TBA Nov. 6 TEXAS A&M TBA Nov. 13 KANSAS STATE TBA Nov. 26 at Colorado 1:30 p.m.

OLD FAMILIAR PLACES, MAYBE -- Some of the older generation in Oklahoma State's official party might be singing the old Frank Sinatra tune this week when the Cowboys make their first appearance at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium in almost five years. The last time OSU played in Lincoln, current OSU freshman Ben Bowling was two weeks away from his 14th birthday. Current graduate assistant Josh Henson was a sophomore when OSU last visited Nebraska, and Tommy Kaiser is the only member of the current coaching staff who was on the staff in 1994.

KICKOFF AND RANKINGS -- For the second time in four games, OSU will kick off before noon. Saturday's game at Lincoln will start just after 11:30 a.m. and be televised. OSU's second game of the season (Tulsa) also featured a late morning kickoff. The Cowboys will be facing their first nationally ranked opponent of the season this week. Nebraska will enter the game ranked 6th in the Associated Press Top 25 and 5th in the Coaches Poll.

ON RADIO -- Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the OSU Radio Network to 30 stations throughout the state of Oklahoma. Bill Teegins, Sports Director at KWTV in Oklahoma City, is the radio voice of Cowboy Football. Tom Dirato, Coordinator of Radio and TV at OSU, is the network analyst. The network broadcast begins one hour before kickoff.

ON TELEVISION -- Oklahoma State at Nebraska will be the Big 12 Conference's syndicated game of the week. Drew Goodman will provide the play-by-play, and former All-Pro tight end Keith Jackson will provide the analysis. The game can be seen in Oklahoma on KWTV (9) in Oklahoma City and KOTV (6) in Tulsa.

TUBE TIME -- Saturday will mark the third straight television game of the season for Oklahoma State and the 23rd time in the Bob Simmons era the Cowboys have appeared on regional or national television. OSU's all-time record in televised games is 29-32. Since Simmons has been OSU's head coach, OSU has appeared on ABC four times, ESPN two times, ESPN2 once, Fox Sports Net eight times, Big 12 syndication six times and Jefferson Pilot Sports (SEC package) once.

OPEN WEEK BLUES -- During the decade of the '90s, Oklahoma State has not fared well the week after open dates. Since 1990, the Cowboys are 2-8 in games that followed an open date. Six of the 10 games were away with one (Nebraska in 1998) on a neutral site. Five of OSU's last 10 opponents the week after an open date have been ranked in the top 15 nationally.

Year Opponent     Result  Notable
1998 Nebraska     L 17-24 2nd-ranked Huskers hold off OSU at the end
1997 Missouri     L 50-51 Pokes lose double-overtime thriller
1996 Texas        L 14-71 13th-ranked Texas wins in Austin
1996 Baylor       W 37-17 OSU finishes season with a win
1995 Kansas State L 17-23 Narrow loss to 8th-ranked Wildcats
1995 Hawaii       W 24-20 Another season-ending victory
1994 Baylor       L 10-14 Favored Baylor wins, barely
1992 Michigan     L  3-35 6th-ranked Michigan wins at the big house
1991 Miami, Fla.  L  3-40 Cowboys lose to top-ranked Hurricane
1990 Oklahoma     L 17-31 Sooners take conference opener

ANOTHER UNBEATEN -- Oklahoma State will be facing its fourth opponent of the 1999 season and the fourth opponent that will come into the game against the Cowboys unbeaten. Louisiana-Lafayette was obviously unbeaten coming into its season opener. Tulsa was 1-0 ahead of its game with OSU. Mississippi State was 2-0 going into the OSU game and Nebraska is 4-0 ahead of its encounter with the Cowboys.

OSU OPPONENTS RANKED -- When Oklahoma State faces Nebraska this week in Lincoln, the Huskers will carry a lofty national ranking. Nebraska is ranked fifth by the Coaches' Poll and sixth in this week's Associated Press Poll. Including Nebraska, five of Oklahoma State's next eight 1999 opponents are ranked in this week's poll. Texas A&M is fifth in the AP poll while Kansas State is 13th, Texas 15th and Oklahoma 23rd. Mississippi State, which defeated the Cowboys two weeks ago in Starkville, is unbeaten and ranked 16th in the latest AP poll.

MORE ON THE OPPOSITION -- Oklahoma State's 1999 opponents had a combined record of 26-16 going into this weekend's play. Five of OSU's 1999 opponents are still unbeaten after four weeks of regular season play.

Team                Record Last Week                  This Week
Louisiana-Lafayette 1-3  d. M. Tennessee St.  45-31   LA. TECH
Tulsa               1-3  lost to San Jose St. 34-10   RICE
Mississippi State   4-0  d. S. Carolina 17-0          at Vanderbilt
Nebraska            4-0  d. Missouri 42-10            OSU
Texas Tech          1-2  Idle                         TEXAS A&M
Kansas State        3-0  d. Iowa State 35-28          at Texas
Texas A&M           3-0  d. Southern Miss 23-6        at Texas Tech
Texas               3-1  d. Baylor 62-0               KANSAS STATE
Kansas              1-3  lost to San Diego St. 41-13  SMU
Baylor              0-4  lost to Texas 62-0           NORTH TEXAS
Oklahoma            3-0  d. Louisville 42-21          at Notre Dame

HOW LONG AGO WAS OCT. 21, 1961? -- At Oklahoma State, Henry Iba was athletics director and nine years from retiring as head basketball coach. Cliff Speegle was the head football coach, and Otis Wile was the sports information director. At Nebraska, Charles S. Miller was the athletics director, Bill Jennings was the head football coach and the venerable Don "Fox" Bryant was two years from starting his career as Nebraska's SID. The Beatles had not yet even come to America, John F. Kennedy was just talking about putting a man on the moon, the No. 1 song on the pop charts was Runaround Sue by Dion. It was also the last time Oklahoma State defeated Nebraska on the football field.

HEAD COACH BOB SIMMONS -- Oklahoma State's head football coach is three games into his fifth season and will be coaching his 50th OSU game when the Cowboys travel to Lincoln this week. Coach Simmons, who has guided the Cowboys to winning seasons in two of the last three seasons, will bring a career mark of 24-25 into Saturday game. Simmons came to Oklahoma State from Colorado, where he was assistant head coach for Bill McCartney. He guided OSU to a bowl game just three years into his tenure and was the 1997 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year.

CONTRACT EXTENSION -- Earlier this season, one day before the Cowboys disposed of Tulsa on Lewis Field, the Oklahoma State Board of Regents approved a contract extension for Bob Simmons that will keep him as OSU's head football coach through the 2005 season.

COACH SIMMONS ON THE WWW -- Oklahoma State's head coach recently launched his own web site, Bob Simmons' Cowboy Corner. Portions of the proceeds from Simmons' site (http://www.bobsimmons.com) go to the National Kidney Foundation of Oklahoma, Inc., and the OSU Foundation.

MILESTONES UNDER SIMMONS -- Oklahoma State's football fortunes have soared since Simmons became the school's 20th head coach on Dec. 4, 1994. Below are just a few of those milestones.

  • OSU registered its first win under Coach Simmons on Sept.16, 1995, when the Cowboys upended Southwest Missouri State 35-7 on Lewis Field.

  • When Simmons led the Cowboys to a 30-26 win over Missouri at Columbia on Oct. 21, 1995, it snapped a 20-game winless streak in conference play.

  • Two weeks after defeating Missouri at Columbia, the Cowboys defeated Oklahoma at Norman. It was OSU's first win over its in-state rival since 1976 and was a signal of things to come. O-State has defeated Oklahoma three of the four years since Simmons became head coach.

  • When Oklahoma State won at Iowa State in the 1997 season opener, it would be the start of a six-game winning streak and help guide the Cowboys to their first bowl season since 1988. OSU would win its first six games of the season, including back-to-back wins over Texas and Colorado.

  • Since overtime became vogue in college football in 1996, Oklahoma State has had more than its share of extra-period contests. Under Simmons, the Cowboys have gone into overtime four times, including a two-overtime thriller at Texas A&M two years ago and the first-ever overtime game in NCAA Division I-A play in 1996, when the Cowboys defeated Southwest Missouri State.

  • Since Bob Simmons took over the OSU reins in 1995, the Cowboys have faced 15 teams that were nationally ranked going into the game. Six of those opponents were ranked in the top 10 whey they faced Oklahoma State. In the last two seasons, Oklahoma State has defeated three opponents (Texas and Colorado in 1997 and Mississippi State in 1998) that were nationally ranked.

  • Under Bob Simmons, Oklahoma State is 10-0 against nonconference competition on Lewis Field and 12-6 vs. nonleague opposition overall.

    Simmons' Year-by-Year Coaching Record

    As an assistant

    1975    Bowling Green    8-3
    1976    Bowling Green    6-5
    1977    Toledo           2-9
    1978    Toledo           2-9
    1979    Toledo           7-3 -1
    1980    West Virginia    6-6
    1981    West Virginia    9-3     Peach Bowl
    1982    West Virginia    9-3     Gator Bowl
    1983    West Virginia    9-3     Hall of Fame Bowl
    1984    West Virginia    8-4     Bluebonnet Bowl
    1985    West Virginia    7-3 -1
    1986    West Virginia    4-7
    1987    West Virginia    6-6     Sun Bowl
    1988    Colorado         8-4     Freedom Bowl
    1989    Colorado         11-1    Orange Bowl
    1990    Colorado         11-1    Orange Bowl
    1991    Colorado         8-3 -1  Blockbuster Bowl
    1992    Colorado         9-2 -1  Fiesta Bowl
    1993    Colorado         8-3 -1  Aloha Bowl
    1994    Colorado         11-1    Fiesta Bowl
    Totals  20 years        149-79-5 12 Bowls

    As a head coach

    1995    Oklahoma State   4-8     Shut out Oklahoma, 12-0
    1996    Oklahoma State   5-6     3-0 vs. non-conference opponents
    1997    Oklahoma State   8-4     Alamo Bowl
    1998    Oklahoma State   5-6     4-1 on Lewis Field
    1999    Oklahoma State   2-1     Opens season with two wins
    Totals                   24-25

    SIMMONS ON RADIO/TV -- OSU's head football coach has shows on both television and radio each week through the 1999 season. The Bob Simmons Television Show will air Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on KOCB (34) in Oklahoma City.

    Other airings include Monday at 8:30 on KWEM (31) in Stillwater, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Tulsa Cable Channel 9, Wednesday at 8:30 on KWEM (31) in Stillwater and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest. The Bob Simmons Radio Show will air each Wednesday, beginning Sept. 1, from 7-8 p.m., along the Cowboy Radio Network.

    Noting the Cowboys

    MALLORY TURNS INT INTO TD -- Defensive tackle Cortney Mallory came up with Oklahoma State's sixth interception of the season against Mississippi State in Starkville. Mallory not only intercepted the pass, he returned it 46 yards for OSU's only touchdown against the Bulldogs. It was the first interception by an OSU defensive lineman since 1997 when the same Mallory intercepted a pass against Louisiana-Lafayette.

    DEFENSIVE ENDS SPECTACULAR -- One of the early highlights of Oklahoma State's 1999 season has been the play of the defensive ends. Zak Warner, Kevin Williams and Juqua Thomas have combined for 14 tackles behind the line, including eight sacks. Thomas, a junior college transfer from Northeastern A&M, leads the team with six tackles for minus 44 yards and 3.5 sacks for minus 34 yards.

    LINEBACKERS AMONG LEADERS -- Oklahoma State's linebackers are among team leaders in most defensive categories after three games of the1999 season. Kenyatta Wright is No. 2 on the team in total tackles with 15, and his two passes broken up equal the team's second-best mark. Tarrell Knauls is No. 3 in total tackles with 13, and his two quarterback hurries ties the top mark. Jack Golden has 12 total tackles, and that ties J.B. Flowers for the fourth-best total on the squad. For the season, OSU's linebacking corps of Wright, Knauls, Golden, Raymond Cato and Dwayne Levels have accounted for 48 tackles and 10 tackles for minus yardage.

    NATHAN COMES BACK, LOOKS FOR 2,000 -- Tailback Nathan Simmons spent the summer of 1999 going through a vigorous rehab program for major knee surgery last December. Three games into his final OSU season, Simmons is on the verge of becoming the 13th player in Oklahoma State history to rush for 2,000 or more career yards. The son of head coach Bob Simmons now has 1,799 career yards, just 201 yards shy of the 2,000 mark. He is 17th on the all-time OSU rushing list, 41 yards behind Jim Dillard and 16th place.

    Nathan's OSU Career:

    Year    Att.  Yards TD  YPC   YPG
    1996     17     57   0  3.3   5.2
    1997    166    711   5  4.2  71.1
    1998    204    937   5  4.6  85.2
    1999     30     94   1  3.1  31.3
    Totals  417   1799  11  4.3  45.2

    WRIGHT, KNAULS ON BUTKUS LIST -- Two of OSU's linebackers, Wright and senior captain Tarrell Knauls, are on the watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in the country. Below is a capsule look at their outstanding OSU careers:

    Kenyatta Wright              Tarrell Knauls
    Year    UT-AT   For Loss     Year   UT-AT   For Loss
    1996    11-61     4-12       1996   13-19     5-35
    1997    32-40    10-32       1997   19-22     7-34
    1998    48-23    10-45       1998   34-25    11-45
    1999     7- 8     3-12       1999    4-  9    1- 4
    Total   98-132   27-90       Total  70-75    24-118

    SYDNES' SCORING -- Senior kicker Tim Sydnes began the season sixth on the career scoring list and is quickly adding to those totals. Earlier this season against Tulsa, Sydnes connected on all five PATs and was a perfect three-of-three in the field goal department. He was the Big 12 Conference Specialty Player of the Week after that game. For the season, he has hit five-of-eight field goals and eight-of-eight extra points. In his fourth season, Sydnes has scored 230 points and trails No. 5 Thurman Thomas by 36 points. He is already the third-most-prolific kick scorer in school history, trailing only Cary Blanchard and Larry Roach.

    OSU's All-Time Scorers

    1. Barry Sanders        330
    2. Cary Blanchard       315
    3. Larry Roach          290
    4. Terry Miller         270
    5. Thurman Thomas       266
    6. Tim Sydnes           230

    HOWELL PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS -- Oklahoma State wide receiver Ethan Howell had yet another big day catching the football for the Cowboys at Mississippi State. Howell had five catches for 54 yards against the Bulldogs. Against Tulsa the week before, Howell had five catches for a career-best 107 yards.

    This effort followed a season opener in which the Monroe, La., senior had two catches for 76 yards. One of his catches against Tulsa was for 68 yards and helped set up a Tim Sydnes field goal. One of his catches in the opener was a 63-yard touchdown pass from B.J. Tiger. Howell is picking up where he left off a year ago. He didn't catch a pass in OSU's 1998 season finale against Baylor, but in the two games prior to that (Texas and UL), he had four catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns. In five of Oklahoma State's last six games, Howell has caught 15 passes for 408 yards.

    Ethan's Numbers (last six games):

    vs. Texas (11-7-98)              3-106, 1 TD
    vs. UL Lafayette (11-14-98)      1- 65, 1 TD
    vs. Baylor (11-21-98)            no receptions
    vs. UL Lafayette (9-4-99)        1- 76, 1 TD
    vs. Tulsa (9-11-99)              5-107, 0 TD
    vs. Mississippi State (9-18-99)  5- 54, 0 TD

    RICHARDSON BRINGS 'EM BACK -- Senior WR Terance Richardson is quietly having an outstanding year returning punts for Oklahoma State. Richardson has returned 13 kicks for 166 yards, a 12.8 yards-per-kick average that ranks 16th nationally. He is on pace to better the school record for season punt-return yardage set by R.W. McQuarters two years ago.

    DEFENSE PART ONE: TOTAL YARDAGE -- OSU's defense stopped almost everything in the season-opening victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. The Cowboys allowed just 61 yards total offense, the second-lowest amount ever by an OSU opponent. The school-record total-defense performance came in 1947, when OSU held Kansas State to 29 yards. The Cowboys currently rank third in the nation in total defense (182.3 ypg) and first in the Big 12.

    DEFENSE PART TWO: AGAINST THE RUN -- The Cowboys held Tulsa, which had come into the game off consecutive 300-yard rushing performances dating to last season, to minus-20 yards on the ground, the second-lowest number ever recorded by an OSU opponent. The school record was the 33 yards in net losses suffered by Kansas State in 1980. The Cowboys rank fifth nationally against the rush, allowing 58.7 yards per game, and rank third in the Big 12 in that category.

    DEFENSE PART THREE: AGAINST THE PASS -- OSU's secondary was widely believed to be its weakness in 1998. However, the first three games of 1999 have shown a change in that trend as OSU has allowed just 125.0 passing yards per game to rank sixth in the nation. OSU's opponents' pass-efficiency rating is a mere 64.84, the second-best mark in the country, and OSU ranks 10th in the nation with 2.0 interceptions per game. Part of the Cowboys' stinginess against the pass has had to do with their quarterback pressure: OSU has recorded 14 sacks in three games.

    This Week's Opponent

    THE SERIES -- Saturday's game will mark the 37th meeting between Oklahoma State and Nebraska on the gridiron. It's a series the Huskers have almost completely dominated: Nebraska leads the overall series by a 34-2-1 count, and OSU's only two victories in the series came in 1960 and '61, the first times the two teams played. OSU won the first meeting between the schools by a 7-6 score in Lincoln, and the Cowboys came back the next year to post a 14-6 win in Stillwater. Since then, except for a 17-17 tie in 1973, it's been all Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have won 23 straight over the Cowboys, including the last 11 in Lincoln and last year's thrilling 24-17 NU victory in the Western Star Trucks Classic in Kansas City.

    ABOUT THE CORNHUSKERS -- After surviving a relative scare at home against Southern Mississippi two weeks ago, Nebraska went on the road for its Big 12 opener last week and re-asserted its claim as the league's top team with a 40-10 victory at Missouri. Nebraska is 4-0 and ranked in the top 10 in both major wire-service polls. The Cornhuskers' defense ranks in the top six in all four major categories, with cornerback Julius Jackson in the individual top 10 in interceptions (0.75 per game). And while the 'Huskers' offense has been solid, the special teams have been stellar, with punter Dan Hadenfeldt ranked second in the nation, punt returner Keyuo Craver ranked 17th (one slot behind OSU's Terance Richardson) and kick-return man Randy Stella ranked 13th.

    NEBRASKA LAST WEEK -- The Cornhuskers capitalized on two high punt snaps and an interception to take a 16-point first-quarter lead en route to a 40-10 victory over Missouri on Saturday night. Eric Crouch threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as Nebraska won its 100th game of the 1990s, one fewer than the decade's top team, Florida State. Nebraska's offense came alive as Crouch hit former quarterback Bobby Newcombe for a 53-yard score in the second half, and Correll Buckhalter ran for 132 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. Crouch had 92 yards rushing on 15 carries and was 10-for-17 for 143 yards.

    COACH FRANK SOLICH -- Nebraska's 25th football coach is 13-4 in his second year after replacing the legendary Tom Osborne, who retired after guiding the Cornhuskers to a national title in 1997. Solich was a member of Osborne's staff at Nebraska for 19 years before assuming the top position. He was named assistant head coach in 1991. Solich was a fullback on Bob Devaney's Nebraska teams from 1963 through 1965.

    LAST YEAR'S GAME -- OSU tailback Nathan Simmons was stopped on the 1-yard line by Nebraska end Mike Rucker as time expired, preserving second-ranked Cornhuskers' thrilling 24-17 victory in front of 79,555 fans at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. The Cowboys outgained NU 355-215 in total yardage and held the ball nearly 11 minutes longer than the Huskers. Simmons became the first back in over two years to gain 100 yards on a Nebraska defense, and Ethan Howell turned in a 67-yard pass reception for a touchdown.

    STATISTICALLY SPEAKING -- Here's a look at how OSU and Nebraska match up statistically. National and Big 12 rankings are listed where appropriate.

                           Oklahoma State (2-1)      Nebraska (4-0)
    Category               Avg.  Nat'l  Big 12     Avg. Nat'l  Big 12
    Rushing Offense        165.7    47      7      228.3   12      2
    Passing Offense        145.7    95     11      148.0   94     10
    Total Offense          311.3    90     11      376.3   54      8
    Rushing Defense         51.8    5       3       36.8   2       2
    Passing Defense        125.0    8       3      158.5   22      6
    Pass Efficiency Defense 64.8    2       1       76.7   5       4
    Total Defense          182.3    3       1      195.3   4       2
    Scoring Offense         27.0    52      9       36.8   20      6
    Scoring Defense         15.0    22      7        7.5   6       1
    Scoring Margin         +12.0            7      +29.3           2
    Net Punting             36.3    49      7       41.1   9       3
    Kickoff Return Avg.     23.5    39      6       24.6   28      3
    Punt Return Avg.        12.8    17      2        9.6   45      8
    Turnover Margin          0.0    50      6      +0.75   25      3

    Associated Press Top 25 Poll
    (Sept. 26)

    Rank, Team              Record  Points  Pvs
     1. Florida State (61)    4-0    1,740   1
     2. Penn State (5)        5-0    1,659   2
     3. Florida (3)           4-0    1,623   3
     4. Michigan              4-0    1,500   4
     5. Texas A&M             3-0    1,447   5
     6. Nebraska              4-0    1,433   6
     7. Tennessee             2-1    1,273   7
     8. Virginia Tech (1)     3-0    1,255   8
     9. Georgia Tech          2-1    1,153   10
    10. Georgia               3-0    1,052   11
    11. Purdue                4-0    1,050   13
    12. Ohio State            3-1    1,036   12
    13. Kansas State          3-0     885    15
    14. Michigan State        4-0     853    19
    15. Texas                 4-1     676    22
    16. Mississippi State     4-0     568    23
    17. Marshall              4-0     513    21
    18. Miami (Fla.)          2-2     451    9
    19. East Carolina         4-0     408    NR
    20. Arkansas              2-1     344    14
    21. Alabama               3-1     318    NR
    22. Syracuse              3-1     288    NR
    23. Oklahoma              3-0     204    NR
    24. Virginia              3-1     175    NR
    25. Oregon                3-1     158    NR
    Others Receiving Votes (Big 12 and OSU opponents only): none.

    USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll (Sept. 26)

    Rank, Team              Record  Points  Pvs
     1. Florida State (52)    4-0    1,468   1
     2. Penn State (5)        5-0    1,394   2
     3. Florida (2)           4-0    1,366   3
     4. Michigan              4-0    1,285   4
     5. Nebraska              4-0    1,223   5
     6. Texas A&M             3-0    1,171   6
     7. Virginia Tech         3-0    1,071   8
     8. Tennessee             2-1    1,042   7
     9. Ohio State            3-1     945    10
    10. Purdue                4-0     920    11
    11. Georgia               3-0     911    9
    12. Georgia Tech          2-1     886    12
    13. Kansas State          3-0     745    15
    14. Michigan State        4-0     642    21
    15. Texas                 4-1     618    20
    16. Mississippi State     4-0     517    23
    17. Marshall              4-0     455    22
    18. Arkansas              2-1     288    14
    19. Syracuse              3-1     278    NR
    20. Miami (Fla.)          2-1     270    13
    21. East Carolina         4-0     259    NR
    22. Alabama               3-1     238    NR
    23. USC                   2-1     215    16
    24. Virginia              3-1     204    NR
    25. Oklahoma              3-0     177    NR
    Others Receiving Votes (Big 12 and OSU opponents only): 35. Missouri 9, 44. Iowa State 1.

    Big 12 Conference Standings

    South Division        North Division
         Conf  All             Conf  All
         W-L   W-L             W-L   W-L
     UT  1-0   4-1        NU   1-0   4-0
     OU  1-0   3-0        ISU  0-1   3-1
    A&M  0-0   3-0        KSU  1-0   3-0
    OSU  0-0   2-1        CU   1-0   2-2
    TTU  0-0   1-2        MU   0-1   2-1
     BU  0-2   0-4        KU   0-1   1-3

    Latest Results

    Saturday, Sept. 25
    Kansas State 35, Iowa State 28
    Texas A&M 23, Southern Mississippi 6
    Oklahoma 42, Louisville 21
    Washington 31, Colorado 24
    Texas 62, Baylor 0
    San Diego State 41, Kansas 13
    Nebraska 40, Missouri 10

    Upcoming Schedule

    Saturday, Oct. 2 *Oklahoma State at Nebraska, 11:30 a.m. (Big 12 Synd.)
    Oklahoma at Notre Dame, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
    *Kansas State at Texas, 1 p.m.
    SMU at Kansas, 1 p.m.
    Missouri at Memphis, 2:30 p.m. (Fox Sports)
    *Texas A&M at Texas Tech, 6 p.m.
    North Texas at Baylor, 6 p.m.

    Saturday, Oct. 9
    *Baylor at Texas A&M, 1 p.m.
    *Kansas at Kansas State, 1:10 p.m.
    *Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m.
    *Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas), TBD
    *Missouri at Colorado, TBD
    *Iowa State at Nebraska, TBD

    Saturday, Oct. 16
    *Kansas at Texas A&M, 1 p.m.
    Utah State at Kansas State, 1:10 p.m.
    *Colorado at Texas Tech, 6 p.m.
    *Iowa State at Missouri, TBD

    Saturday, Oct. 23
    *Colorado at Iowa State, 1 p.m.
    *Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 1 p.m.
    *Texas A&M at Oklahoma, 2 p.m.
    *Texas Tech at Baylor, 6 p.m.
    *Missouri at Kansas, TBD
    *Nebraska at Texas, TBD

    OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL DEPTH CHART
    (as of Sept. 27, 1999)

    OFFENSE

    Z       3 Terance Richardson, 5-9, 180, Sr.
            17 T.D. Bryant, 5-11, 180, RS Fr.
    

    LT 73 Josh Lind, 6-6, 280, Jr. 52 Lawrence Chamberlain, 6-4, 340, Jr.

    LG 72 Blaine Cook, 6-3, 275, Sr. 64 Jeff Machado, 6-3, 275, So.

    C 60 Reynell Lavigne, 6-1, 285, Sr. 61 D.J. Grissom, 6-4, 325, So.

    RG 78 Adam Davis, 6-4, 275, Sr. 68 Jason Johnson, 6-3, 275, So.

    RT 77 Andrew Golembiewski, 6-5, 290, Sr. 66 Bryan Phillips, 6-5, 285, So.

    TE 80 Khary Jackson, 6-4, 250, Sr. 82 Bryan Blackwood, 6-5, 250, Jr.

    H Back 86 Garret Steggs, 6-3, 235, Sr. 85 Marcellus Rivers, 6-4, 225, Jr.

    X 19 Ethan Howell, 6-1, 175, Sr. 12 Cameron White, 6-4, 180, Sr.

    QB 13 B.J. Tiger, 6-3, 195, So. 7 Ben Bowling, 6-3, 205, Fr.

    TB 1 Nathan Simmons, 5-10, 195, Sr. 2 Jamaal Fobbs, 5-10, 180, Jr. 4 Reggie White, 6-2, 195, So.

    FB 30 Kevin Brown, 6-1, 260, Sr. or 48 Jeremy Halferty, 6-0, 225, Sr. or 40 Tim Burrough, 6-0, 225, Fr.

    DEFENSE

    DE      97 Zak Warner, 6-4, 270, Jr.
            94 Juqua Thomas, 6-4, 235, Jr.
    

    DT 92 Cortney Mallory, 6-1, 290, Sr. 91 Chris Tyler, 6-2, 275, So.

    DT 90 Zac Akin, 6-1, 280, Jr. 96 Eric Stevenson, 6-4, 290, Sr.

    DE 58 Kevin Williams, 6-5, 235, RS Fr. 88 Sean Barry, 6-4, 235, Jr.

    WLB 51 Jack Golden, 6-1, 230, Sr. 55 Raymond Cato, 6-1, 235, Sr.

    MLB 7 Kenyatta Wright, 6-1, 230, Sr. or 47 Dwayne Levels, 6-3, 220, So. 42 Jake Riffe, 6-2, 225, So.

    SLB 32 Tarrell Knauls, 6-1, 230, Sr. 31 Terrence Robinson, 6-1, 220, RS Fr. 52 Kyle Beck, 6-0, 225, RS Fr.

    LCB 28 Evan Howell, 6-1, 175, Sr. 15 Marcus Jones, 5-9, 175, So.

    SS 25 J.B. Flowers, 6-0, 185, Sr. 41 Robbie Gillem, 6-1, 200, So. or 24 Elbert Craig, 6-2, 195, Fr.

    FS 5 Adam Edwards, 6-0, 215, Sr. 8 Chris Massey, 6-0, 185, Fr.

    RCB 6 Alvin Porter, 6-0, 180, Sr. 22 Ricklan Holmes, 6-1, 190, RS Fr. or 9 Jacoby Shepherd, 6-3, 205, Jr.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    PK      14 Tim Sydnes, 6-2, 195, Sr.
            15 Seth Condley, 5-10, 165, Jr.
    

    P 81 Scott Elder, 6-3, 195, So. 27 Russ Schwettmann, 6-3, 220, Jr.

    DS 50 Tom Bensen, 5-11, 215, Sr. 56 Aaron Cudworth, 6-0, 245, Sr.

    H 81 Scott Elder, 6-3, 195, So. 15 Seth Condley, 5-10, 165, Jr.

    Returns 2 Jamaal Fobbs, 5-10, 180, Jr. 3 Terance Richardson, 5-9, 180, Sr. 4 Reggie White, 6-2, 195, So.


     

     

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